Single String Studies for Bass Volume One by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Single String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume One

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Develop four aspects of learning bass guitar at the same time with Single String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume One

There are four aspects of learning the guitar that are particularly difficult to master. These are:

  • Learning the names of all the pitches found on the bass guitar.
  • Connecting the notes found on a music staff to their location on the fretboard.
  • Knowing where the notes are on the bass guitar by feel, not by sight.
  • Learning scales without relying on patterns.

The Single String exercises help you learn all four of these difficult techniques simultaneously with one exercise.

The exercises found in the book look deceptively simple but mastering them is one of the hardest things to do for any musician no matter what level they are on. At the same time this book can be used by beginner, intermediate or advanced students, because it is the speed at which you play the exercise that will determine the skill needed to play it correctly. A reminder that the Single String Studies for Bass Guitar books do require you to read music BUT the notes are all found on the same string for each exercise which actually makes it easier for a beginning student to master each exercise. All exercises use one rhythm: a repeating quarter note so you can spend all your energy playing the correct notes rather than worrying about various rhythms.

These concentrated exercises pay off with great dividends.

If you are having problems with:

  • Learning all the notes on the bass guitar.
  • Connecting the notes of the music staff to their position on the guitar fretboard.
  • playing notes on the bass guitar fretboard without looking at it.
  • Learning all the notes in common scales.

Then Single String Studies is your ticket to mastering these techniques.

Midifiles let you hear the correct pitches and you can control the speed of the exercise.

Midifiles are included in the downloadable version of this book and are downloadable from the website for the physical version of this book. These files will help you check your accuracy. Students can also use this exercise for ear training if they incorporate the single string exercises and the audio files from MetroDrone.

A few minutes a day with this book will make a huge difference in your ability.

This book will:

  • Make negotiating the bass guitar fretboard second nature.
  • Help you learn how to connect music staff notation to your fretboard.
  • Help you learn the ledger line notes above and below the staff.
  • Help you learn all the notes in common scales.

Start Mastering the Bass Guitar Fretboard Today!

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  • Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-781-8
  • Physical Edition IBSN: 978-1-890944-02-5
  • 91 pages with downloadable midifiles to check accuracy.





  • This book looks easy but is rather difficult to play 100% correctly especially if you follow the rules Mr. Arnold sets down. 1. Don't look at the neck. 2. Play only on one string. 3. Use your ear to know whether you are playing the right note. With that in mind it's not easy to get through a whole page without getting off somewhere. What do you get from doing all this. Well for me I know the fretboard without looking and not playing so much in position anymore and my ear is getting better. Yes simple exercise with a big payoff. D. Nicholas
  • I'm somewhere between an intermediate and advanced acoustic bass guitarist. My teacher recommended Single String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume One to help my intonation. It comes with midifiles so I can play along and check my pitch as a go. In just a few short weeks my intonation has improved dramatically, so what more can you ask for? S. Bergman
  • Mr. Arnold recommended this book for me because I wanted some exercises to help break out of position playing and get a more linear approach to the bass neck. Single String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume One is perfect for that. I just spend 10 minutes a day reading through one page. It took me about 3 months to get through the book but I really feel like I know my scales much better up and down the neck. Mr. Arnold recommended not looking at the fretboard but I found this VERY hard to do. Still, I know that when I look at the fretboard, I risk losing my place in the music. That's something I don't want to do when I'm playing in an ensemble. So that's my next hill to climb. Gonna start the book over again with NO looking at the fretboard! F. Rushefski.
  • I was initially disappointed when I opened up this book. Just a bunch of pages with quarter note rhythms with all notes on one string. I contacted Mr. Arnold to find out what's up because usually the Muse Eek books are great. He pointed out what these exercises were trying to accomplish and also said that this exercise has been assigned by many great music teachers over the last 40 years as a way to break out of position playing and get control of the neck. I had to admit trying to play through one page even at a medium tempo, while not looking at the fretboard and nail every note was beyond me. So I was humbled. So if you are like me and having problems with always playing in one position and getting better control of the fretboard these exercises will do the trick! S. Howell.









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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.